New South Wales Fire Brigades & New South Wales Rural Fire Service
The New South Wales Fire Brigades protects around 90% of the state of New South Wales' population (5 million), with almost 330 stations located in the cities and larger country towns in the state. It has 2,864 career and 3,265 retained (paid on call) firefighters. Apparatus are as follows
418 Pumpers (engines)
68 Special Apparatus (forward command etc)
73 Composites (pumper/tanker)
15 Heavy Rescues
44 Water Tankers
In 1997/1998 the NSWFB responded to 42,220 fires and 103,044 other calls (false alarms, hazmat, rescue etc), for a total of 145,264 emergency responses.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has around 70,000 volunteer firefighters at 2,500 stations in the rural and urban/bushland fringe areas of the state - protecting almost 90% of the state's landmass. The most common apparatus are 4x4 water tankers (crew 6, 3,500L water), but many brigades run boats and other tankers from 500L to semi trailers. Brigades are organised by shire councils (counties), with the Department of Rural Fire Services co-ordinating operations and emergencies at state level, supplying equipment and apparatus and setting standards for uniform and training.
Both fire services are New South Wales State Government departments